Property Tax

Property Tax Bills for 3rd Quarter Postponed

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ – “Property tax bills for the third quarter of 2017 will be mailed late due to tax rate changes from the State of New Jersey,” said an Essex County official on Tuesday. State and county administrators have placed a hold on the tax bill preparation process in various municipalities. The County official assured that payment period would be extended and taxpayers would be notified of the grace period. “This date will be noted on the Tax Bill,” he concluded.

New Parking Restrictions to be Reconsidered

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Franklin Street Residents have been protesting against the newly imposed parking restrictions since June, when new street signs were posted. The signs limit parking to residential permit holders on Willard Street and Kilmer Court, a cul-de-sac, between the hours of 2 to 5 a.m. The parking department confirmed that as it […]

Commuters Get New Option with OurBus

NEW YORK, NY –– After tasting success during the first week of service, OurBus, Inc. has announced additional departure times and stops to the Livingston and West Orange area. OurBus, a technology company, received various requests to increase service after their initial launch of the Livingston-West Orange-New York commuter route on July 10th. OurBus indicated that it was pleased to experience success as the first crowdsourcing technology company to […]

Fest Under the Stars

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center will be hosting the Taste of West Orange Food Festival, an annual cultural food event the Center hosts under the stars. The event will take place on July 22nd 4-9 p.m. at 4 Boland Drive. The center will provide food from around world, kids activities, music and more. Visit www.ospac.org for more information.

Macy’s to Close Store in Livingston?

LIVINGSTON, NJ - After disappointing sales for several consecutive months, a source is telling The Essex Times that Macy's plans to close its store in the Livingston Mall on Eisenhower Pkwy. This comes after a dramatic announcement that the Ohio-based department store chain would close dozens of its stores nationwide. The closings […]

House of Windsor Centennial to be Celebrated

NEWARK, NJ – The New Jersey History Society will mark 100 years to the name change of the British Royal family from Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to the English Windsor next weekend.

Peter Phillips, the son of late princess Anne, the daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, will be the guest of honor of the main event taking place at Newark Symphony Hall. “This is a historical moment in European history, which led to the abolishment of most large monarchies […]

Bloomfield Resident Wins Johnston Award

BLOOMFIELD, NJ – Ron Manning, a 38 years old historian from Bloomfield, was announced the winner of the Johnston Award for 2017. The Johnston award is given to historians who study the history of New Jersey by the Johnston Foundation every year since 1995. "Mr. Manning's contribution to our history is remarkable", says [...]

Maplewood Reassessment Near Completion

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Essex County Board of Taxation and the New Jersey Division of Taxation have ordered the Township of Maplewood to perform a reassessment program to be implemented for tax year 2018. The program will ensure that assessments are conducted uniformly and equitably. Maplewood has contracted with Appraisal Systems, Inc. to assist with the reassessment process. […]


Italian Grill Cooking Class

LIVINGSTON, NJ – Kings is hosting chef Eileen Magher in a colorful and delicious event on July 16. Chef Magher will demonstrate how to cook an Italian grill dinner including eggplant and chicken parm, grilled veggie primavera pasta with bruschetta sauce, heart of romaine salad with lemon artichoke vinaigrette, garlic bread and grilled bruschetta. 5:30-8:30pm. Kings Cooking Studio, 255 S Livingston Ave, Livingston.

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Movie Screening at the Zoo

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The Turtle Back Zoo is presenting: “The Adventures of Milo and Otis”, the story of a young cat and a dog as they find themselves accidently separated. Outdoor movie screening set at the top of the zoo parking deck. July 19 at 7:30 pm, Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange, 973-731-5800.

West Orange to Host Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange will pay tribute to veterans who lost their lives during the Vietnam conflict when The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall comes to town this Independence Day Weekend.

The traveling wall is a three-fifth-scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. It stands 6-feet tall at the center and covers [...]

CBO: Senate Health Care Bill Would Lower Deficit, Increase Number of Uninsured

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate health care bill’s highly anticipated “score” was released Monday afternoon and immediately became part of the Senate’s raging health care debate as GOP leaders scramble to repeal and replace much of ObamaCare as early as possible.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that the bill [...]


Lower Travel Spending This Year

NEW YORK, NY - The National Aviation Federation, the world's largest aviation association, is reporting of expected lower travel spending this year. According to a report released today, each American family will spend $1125.58 on average on travel this year, compared to $1148.88 in 2015 and $1132.82 in 2014. This is the first time since the 2008-2009 recession that spending is down. The most popular travel destinations are Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

Montclair Resident Found Guilty of Phone Threats

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor, Robert Laurino, announced yesterday that Montclair resident, Ronald Basi, age 27, had been found guilty of four counts of fourth-degree threats and intimidation. This comes after a jury trial before Superior Court [...]

Essex County Favors “Repeal and Replace”

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ – While lawmakers in Washington are working on the new healthcare bill to replace Obamacare, Essex County residents are welcoming the expected changes. In a survey conducted by The Essex Times, 55% of respondents said that they were in favor of the Senate's proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare. 81% of respondents said that healthcare costs were too high, and 63% view Obamacare as a bad healthcare legislation. [...]

Fares Expected to Be Reduced During Summer Work at Penn Station

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - Train fares are expected to be reduced for commuters during the major renovation work at Penn Station this summer, officials say.

Commuters have been bracing for a tough summer as Amtrak is scheduled to spend eight weeks fixing equipment inside Penn station beginning this month. Daily delays are expected. The work should end by early fall. […]

Pedestrian Killed in South Orange

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ —A fatal accident last night left one pedestrian dead, says South Orange Police. A 65-year-old man died after he was hit by a car near the Mountain train station.

The South Orange resident was on the sidewalk when a 2012 [...]

Smoking Down 3%

WASHINGTON, D.C. – New statistics from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that smoking in New Jersey is down by 3% in the past year. According to the CDC, 14.8% of the adult population in New Jersey, aged 18+ years, which translates to over 980,000 individuals, are current cigarette smokers. Across all states, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults ranges [...]

Your Taxes are Going Up

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The Bloomfield Board of Education submitted its annual budget for the school year 2017-2018 last week. As a result of the proposed budget, taxes on the average home in Bloomfield, assessed at $270,700 will increase by about $200, which represents a whooping increase of 2.89 percent over the current rates. [...]

Keep it Cool

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - Summer is here and temperatures are rising.
Instead of using your AC and racking up electric bills, use the following tricks:

// Focus on the temperature in your body, not your house.
If our ancestors survived without air conditioning, so can we. [...]

Stay Healthy while Traveling

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer. According to the travel agents association, summer travel will increase by 6% this year compared to 2016. The first step to take when traveling is planning. And just as you would plan ahead to get a hotel and a car, apply the same planning to your nutrition and [...]

West Orange Board Member Heavily Criticized

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Numerous West Orange residents spoke out against West Orange Board of Education Vice President Irv Schwarzbaum during the board’s meeting on May 8 after his extremely controversial vote on gender identity in a previous meeting.

“Schwarzbaum is expressing opinions that belong to the dark ages”, says resident who attended the meeting “it was a mistake to allow [...]


Keep or Toss

MONTCLAIR, NJ – The Better Finance Organization is hosting a free community spring cleaning event. “Keep or Toss” with financial expert John Lambert. The event will be held next Friday at 6:00 P.M. in the main auditorium at Montclair State University.

Mr. Lambert will discuss which financial documents you should keep and which ones you can toss, and when.

Free to the public.

Division in Glen Ridge over Petition

GLEN RIDGE, NJ - A petition signed by over 500 Glen Ridge residents has sparked debate in the Essex County town. The petition calls for a declaration of Glen Ridge a “sanctuary city” for immigrants. The Essex Times found that the borough council is preparing a resolution to provide some protection for undocumented […]

A New Jitney Route in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ —The township of West Orange will get its much anticipated sixth jitney route in the next couple of months. The route will cover both the Redwood and Pleasantdale sections of the township. No specific stops have been decided yet, but Mayor Robert Parisi is assuring residents in an interview that the township is committed to focusing on the Pleasant Valley Way and Eagle [...]

Holocaust Survivors Observed Romanian Holocaust Remembrance Day

WEST ORANGE, NJ - A group of Holocaust survivors from Romania and their families observed Romanian Holocaust Remembrance Day on Friday. The group continues the rituals and traditions formed while being in a concentration camp during World War [...]

No Disruption to PATH Schedule during Maintenance

NEWARK, NJ - The Port Authority will continue running PATH services to 33rd Street during maintenance period next month. Port Authority officials said that the repairs were necessary, but no [...]

Reservation June

The Week in Photo

View from Eagle Rock Reservation,
June 2017

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